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How to Keep Your Friends During Election Season

With only a few days left until Christmas, it should be the happiest time of the year.

But then you check Facebook to find that your Uncle Fred has called your Aunt Luna a racist bigot, and in response, she’s posted a waving American flag .gif because she’s really more American than he is.

In the words of Ellen Griswold, “I don’t know what to say except it’s Christmas, and we’re all in misery.”

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Friendship, Parenting, Travel

3 Reasons Why You Need to Go Visit a Friend Right This Minute

I just got back from visiting one of my best friends in Chicago.

It wasn’t for any particular reason other than her husband was out of town, and we missed each other.

Taking a trip alone to visit a girlfriend feels different after you’re married and have children.

It feels wonderfully exciting because it doesn’t happen very often.

And it feels terrifying because your plane could nosedive into the Atlantic at any moment leaving your child motherless forever.

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Destin-ation 2015
Friendship, Travel

What it Means to Be Best Friends Forever

I have a hard time with change in my personal life.

Two examples: I married my first real boyfriend, and I’ve had all the same friends since middle school.

When I find a good thing, I just can’t let go.

Like how I feel about Gain laundry detergent and Hebrew National Hot Dogs.

Most friendships disintegrate over time.

Looks tarnish. Picture frames get dusty.

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Baby, Crime, Friendship, Love, Marriage, Mother, Parenting

I Want My Son to Talk to Strangers

My husband Todd is a stay-at-home dad for the next five weeks until school starts again for him in the fall.

In his time off, he’s been coaching Colt.

Fine tuning important life skills like fist-pounding, vacuum-wand-sword fighting and nose-picking “cheese boogies.”

Every night, I come home from work to de-program Colt from everything he’s learned that day.

But a few nights ago, when I was tucking Colt into bed,

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Casual summer outfits
Fashion, Friendship, Parenting, Shopping, Women

Making Over Ginger…

This afternoon I worked on inspiration boards for the prettiest red head I know.

She doesn’t need a makeover, but then again, most of my “clients” don’t need makeovers.

They just need a little help making outfits with the clothes they already have, and a little guidance on what else to buy!

She’s a mother of two, so she needs easy, effortless pieces.

Here are the boards I created for her.

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Boho Chic Inspiration Board
Beauty, Fashion, Friendship, Mother, Parenting, Pregnancy, Shopping, Women

The Ween-ager Stage

A few weeks ago my adorable coworker, Brittany, came to me… frustrated.

She’d been shopping for clothes and NOTHING fit (welcome to the club, right?)

“Where were you shopping?” I asked.

“Macy’s” she answered. But with more prodding, I discovered, she’d been browsing the JUNIOR’s department [insert gasp].

Well, there’s your problem.

She’s 24 and in that weird stage between being a teenager and a woman (when you’re getting your master’s degree,

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Can't Put a Price on Great Friends!
Beauty, Dating, Fashion, Friendship, Love, Marriage, Money, Parenting, Sex, Shopping, Travel, Women

Oh, For the Love of Money

This past weekend one of my besties got married at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg, FL.

I knew it was going to be a high class affair, and I also knew I’d be spending some time with my just married, child-free friends who still have money… and abs.

I prepared in every way possible. I bought a new dress (albeit a $24.99 dress from Forever 21), purchased new accessories,

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